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Carpenter

A practical, manual role with a variety of specialised and general tasks in the construction industry.

What's it like to be a Carpenter?

Carpenters construct, build, install, repair and erect wooden frames, foundations, walls and fixtures on residential, commercial and industrial projects. Usually Carpenters work with wood, plywood and wallboard.

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Each day as a Carpenter may vary depending on the specific project you're working on.

There are lots of opportunities for carpenters - you may work as a shopfitter, framework carpenter, formwork carpenter, or green carpentry, which uses materials to make buildings more energy efficient and sustainable.

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How to become a Carpenter


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To work as a Carpenter you'll need to complete a trade qualification in carpentry. This is typically completed through an apprenticeship which provides a mix of practical and theoretical training.

  1. Complete a Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30220) as part of an apprenticeship. This usually takes between three to four years to complete.
  2. Ensure you have a Construction Induction Card (White Card) which is required by anyone working on a construction site in Australia. Some employers may also prefer you to have a current driver’s licence, access to a car and your own tools.

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Latest Carpenter reviews

Latest reviews from 38 Carpenters surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Carpentry is a great career choice as the variety of work scopes within the trade is very extensive. You can look back daily on your works and see what you have achieved. The job can be quite challenging at times but I find always rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Carpentry
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Civil Construction in mining
The good things
Being multi skilled I get to see the construction from start to finish. I get to see daily progress which gives a sense of achievement. Being multi skilled allows me to perform a variety of tasks rath...
The challenges
The biggest challenge today is having to adapt to the political correctness and large corporate policies and procedures that somewhat slow you down, some safety policies are a great example of this as...
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May 2021
I feel carpentry is a hard done by trade financially and can be physically hard but I love that your always learning there so may aspects of the trade your always doing different things.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Carpentry
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Carpentry
The good things
Good thing are there so many aspects of carpentry your always learning and doing different things so there no boring repatriation.
The challenges
The challenges are you have to have a lot of different tools to do many aspects of carpentry which becames costly and I feel you don’t get Paid enough for what we can do and for the money we have to s...
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